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Kids Back In Business; This Time, They Charge For The Food

June 7, 1986

AURORA, Colo. (AP) _ A group of children who got in trouble with state wildlife officials last year for selling snakes, opened for business again on Saturday, but it was not certain how long they would be open.

Chad Weygand, the 11-year-old chairman of Snakes Inc., says he hopes they will stay out of hot water this time.

″It’s pretty much the same thing, but instead of selling snakes, we’re selling snake food - mice, worms and crickets,″ said Chad.

Home-grown mice are on sale for a quarter, crickets for a nickel and worms at a penny apiece.

For a nickel, customers can also view the youngsters’ collection of non- poisonous snakes and lizards.

The Denver Post told Snakes Inc.’s story in August, state Division of Wildlife officials showed up at corporate headquarters - the Weygand family garage in Aurora, a Denver suburb - and explained that collecting and selling native Colorado wildlife was against the law.

Undaunted, Snakes Inc. has more than doubled its work force, from 10 to 21 youngsters, and ″remodeled and upgraded″ its office in the Weygand garage, Chad said Friday.

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